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Community Update: October 22, 2020

 Virtual Town Hall Invite

Dear Friends,
 
You're invited to the next Scarborough-Guildwood virtual town hall- moderated by me and featuring my colleagues MPP Mitzie Hunter and City Councillor Paul Ainslie. The town hall will take place on Monday, October 26 at 7pm

The focus of this town hall is on public health in Scarborough and what dealing with the second wave of the pandemic looks like for our community. I am pleased to announce we will be joined by Liz Buller, the President & CEO of the Scarborough Health Network, Liben Gebremikael, the Executive Director of TAIBU Community Health Centre, and Jeanie Joaquin, the CEO of the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities.
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Highlights from this issue:
  1. Chat Series with Community Leaders: Superintendent Rydzik
  2. 43 Division Crime Statistics 
  3. Canada Recovery Benefits
  4. One-Time Disability Payment
  5. Deadline extension: New Horizons for Seniors Program 
  6. Parents & Grandparents Program 
  7. Outside of Canada Travel Information
  8. Important Immigration Information
  9. Who’s Hiring in Scarborough 
  10. Rotary Club of Scarborough Tree of Remembrance
  11. In Search of Scarborough Stories
  12. Download the COVID-19 App
  13. In the News

Chat Series with Community Leaders: Superintendent Rydzik

I was pleased to discuss community policing with Superintendent David Rydzik from 43 Division.
 
The boundaries for 43 Division are as follows:

43 Division Crime Statistics 

Superintendent Rydzik provided these 43 Division crime statistics which show interesting trend lines in a pandemic environment. 

Canada Recovery Benefits

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes) for a 2-week period. Individuals are required to re-apply every 2 weeks. 

You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
 
Learn more & apply here: 
Learn More

One-Time Disability Payment 

On October 30, 2020, approximately 1.6 million eligible people will automatically start receiving the one-time payment.
 
Many different groups of Canadians will be eligible for this payment, including those who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, Canada Pension Plan Disability, a Quebec Pension Plan disability pension, and 7 programs administered by Veterans Affairs Canada. 
 
Seniors with disabilities who were eligible for the one-time seniors payment announced on May 12, 2020 may also be eligible for the one-time payment to persons with disabilities. In cases where they are eligible for both payments, individuals would receive a total amount of $600 as follows:
  • $300 for Canadians who are eligible for the Old Age Security pension and who received the one-time seniors payment of $300; or
  • $100 for Canadians who are eligible for the Old Age Security pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement or Allowances and who received the one-time senior’s payment of $500. 

Deadline extension: New Horizons for Seniors Program 

The Call for Proposals for community-based programs is now open for 2020–21 through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). This year, organizations will be able to apply for funding to support seniors dealing with the pandemic by submitting project proposals that offer specific COVID-19 relief and recovery activities for seniors. Organizations can still submit proposals for more traditional NHSP projects that they plan to deliver in 2021–22.
 
Applications now close on October 23, 2020.
Learn more and apply here:
Apply Now

Parents and Grandparents Program

Over a 3-week period, from 12 p.m. EDT on October 13, 2020, to 12 p.m. EST on November 3, 2020, Canadians and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada will have an opportunity to submit an interest to sponsor form online.

Once the interest to sponsor period ends on November 3, 2020, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada will review all submissions and randomize the forms.

There will be 1 round of invitations to apply in 2020, with a maximum of 10,000 applications accepted for processing. 

Learn More
While some countries are preparing to partially open up their borders, the Government of Canada reminds all Canadians that a global travel advisory to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada remains in effect. Travellers should also avoid all cruise ship travel until further notice. 

The restriction on all discretionary travel at the Canada-U.S. border has been extended until November 21st, 2020. This applies to all foreign nationals with some exceptions for immediate family members

*New*: Processes are being introduced to support enhanced family reunification, entry for compassionate reasons, and the safe and gradual entry of some international students. 
  • Starting on October 8, more information will be available outlining who qualifies under the enhanced family reunification program. 
  • Starting on October 20, international students, if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID-19 readiness plan in place are allowed to enter Canada. 
Travellers returning to Canada are required to quarantine or self-isolate for 14 days. This is mandatory. For further information and a list of exemptions, consult the Travel restrictions, exemptions, and advice page.

For more travel advice and information, click here

Important Immigration Information 

Check out the links below to find out how COVID-19 is affecting TRVs, citizenship applications, passport renewals, and other files: 
  • Click here to find out how COVID-19 is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services:
  • Click here for updates on Permanent Residence applications
  • Click here for updates on your citizenship application
  • Click here for updates from Passport Canada:
  • Click here for updates on Refugees, asylum claimants, sponsors and PRRA applications
  • Potential travellers who have specific cases can consult with the CBSA's Border Information Services here
  • Click here for updates on TRV, student's permit and foreign workers
  • Even if you have an approved visitor visa or eTA, you may not be approved to travel at this time or guaranteed entry to Canada.
  • As of July 1, 2020, IRCC is processing all online visitor visa and eTA applications, so you can be ready to travel when the restrictions are lifted
  • Quarantine requirements
    • When visitors arrive in Canada by air, land or sea, border services will assess your health before you leave the port of entry.
    • If you're a foreign national, and you have symptoms of COVID-19, you won't be allowed to enter Canada.
  • You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive in Canada, including
    • A place to stay
    • How you'll get to your destination
    • How you'll get your groceries
    • Accessing essential services and medical care
  • This plan is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms.
  • If you don't have a plan, you should not travel to Canada. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to enter the country. 
  • The penalties for not following your quarantine plan once you're in the country can include
    • A fine of up to $750,000
    • 6 months of jail time
    • Being found inadmissible, removed from Canada and banned from entering for 1 year
  • Only people who provide essential services, for example truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods, are exempt from the quarantine requirements.

Who’s Hiring in Scarborough 

The East Scarborough Storefront has compiled this week's list of all the available jobs in Scarborough. 

All jobs are with Scarborough-based employers and vary from retail to social sector employment opportunities. 
View the list

Rotary Club of Scarborough Tree of Remembrance

From December 11th-24th, the Rotary Club of Scarborough is presenting The Rotary Tree of Remembrance at the Church of Holy Trinity. Yellow remembrance ribbons will be available to purchase in Guildwood by Rotarians.

The Remembrance ribbons depict your personalized names and messages honouring the loss of loved ones, remembering loved ones, and giving thanks to the front-line workers who have shown great dedication during COVID-19.  All donations to the program will be distributed back into the community.

In Search of Scarborough Stories

‘From Scarborough’ is a visual storytelling project about Scarborough, Ontario.

The project aims to expand narratives of Scarborough and challenges audiences to reflect on what places are considered valuable in a rapidly changing city. It is an exploration of how narratives facilitate personal connection integral to the preservation and survival of a community.

​Email scarborough.always@gmail.com or click here to submit your stories. 

Download the COVID-19 App

The Government of Canada, in collaboration with other orders of government and across sectors, has developed a new voluntary nation-wide mobile app to let users know if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Tracking the virus is the best way to combat it.
Learn more about the app and download it here:
Learn More

In the News

I invite you to read my most recent interviews here:
My staff and I are embracing video chatting as we work remotely to continue serving you. You can reach us at 416-283-1226 or john.mckay.c1@parl.gc.ca

Our constituency office continues to be closed, but our services remain available to you by phone or email. 

If you require assistance on matters relating to the federal government or departments (Citizenship and Immigration, Canada Revenue Agency, CPP/OAS), please contact my office by phone at 416-283-1226 or by email at John.McKay.c1@parl.gc.ca. We will return all calls and emails

Citizenship and Immigration is not assisting people via telephone. However they can be reached through their web form.

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Sincerely,
 
Hon. John McKay, P.C.,
Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood
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